HP faces fine from US environment agency

EPA wants $2.5 million for not keeping it informed

The US Environmental Protection Agency is asking for a $2.5 million fine against Hewlett-Packard, which it says violated the Toxic Substances Control Act. HP's offence, says the EPA, was to fail to inform the Agency that it was manufacturing a chemical used in inkjet printer ink - the law requires that the EPA be kept informed of potentially toxic substances being manufactured. HP is currently deciding on its course of action. The company has 20 days to answer the charge, request a hearing, pay the fine or appeal in court. The EPA began its investigation of the company's Corvallis, Oregon plant two years ago. ® Click for more stories

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